THE STATEMENT BY THE FOREIGN MINISTRY OF FINLAND ON THE 1ST OF NOVEMBER, 1939.

Concerning the speech by the Commissar for Foreign Affairs of the USSR Molotov yesterday in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry of Finland gives the following statement:
The Soviet Union has expressed the will to discuss the questions now expressed by the Commissar for Foreign Affairs Molotov in his speech. By disclosing the Soviet standpoint now, when the Finnish delegation has just left Helsinki to give the answer of the Finnish government to the government of the Soviet Union, Commissar Molotov has created a new situation. Until now the discussions have been confidential and Finland, in full sovereignty and without any prejudices, totally independent of any influence of a foreign power, has tried to find a solution to questions presented, however difficult they are from the point of view of the adopted Finnish policy of neutrality. In this Finland has presented her will to consider the pursuit of the Soviet government to increase the security of Leningrad, however without endagering her own safety. It is premature to assess if the statement by Commissar Molotov will or not affect the opinion now adopted by the Finnish government. Anyhow, the statement presented has already caused a situation, in which there will be a natural delay in negotiations.
Referring to what Commissar Molotov stated in his speech that the Soviet Union has the right and duty to use effective measures for protecting its safety on the Gulf of Finland and on the border close to Leningrad, the Finnish Foreign Ministry points out that the Soviet Union has committed itself in the non-aggression pact, concluded in 1932 with Finland, to respect the borders agreed in the Peace Treaty of Tartu (Dorpat) between Finland and the Soviet Union, and to settle all disputes between these countries in a peaceful way. Finland expresses her belief that the Soviet Union will respect this treaty that was extended to the end of 1945 in the agreement of 1934 between Finland and the Soviet Union.


Lähde: The blue-white book of Finland. Doc. nr. 17. The Foreign Ministry, Helsinki 1940. Translation Pauli Kruhse.

Finland in Soviet foreign policy 1939-1940